Hi there, I'm Tom.
I direct plays and work as a writer/narrative designer of games.
I work as a freelance narrative-whisperer - wrangling words, forging arcs and bending genres on the great Dialogue Plains (yeehaw!). I also make the occasional tabletop supplement. My writing has recently been featured in Inkle's Pendragon, and I am currently designing quests for an early-development MMO. If you'd like a sample of my work, feel free to get in touch using the button below.
The first act of a 1980s journalism/detective text adventure, written for Introcomp 2020. Explore an alternate reality New York from the (dis)comfort of your newsroom desk. Hit the phonebook, chase down leads, and get the quotes you need to finish that draft!
Since 2013, myself and Pat Ashe have been curating and producing Beta Public, London's only night of theatre and video games. We have presented the work of over 100 artists and game developers, curated work for the V&A's Friday Lates, and our incredible commissioned event posters featured in the exhibition Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt.
Over the past decade, I have directed acclaimed productions of new plays by British and Irish writers. My work has toured internationally and won multiple awards, including two Stage Edinburgh Awards, and in 2016 I was invited to train on the National Theatre's Directors Course. I am the Associate Director of One Duck, and am represented by Emily Wraith at Berlin Associates.
I am always available for freelance script reading, editing work and story consultancy.
With over five years' experience consulting and leading on script development, I have run R&Ds for organisations including Bush Theatre and Audible. I also assess script submissions for the National Theatre, and work as Hampstead Theatre's Senior Reader.
In addition to my directing work, I have trained actors in improvisation, Shakespearean verse, and approaches to new writing, as well as teaching university classes on Playwriting and Classical Drama.
Employers have included: Lir Academy, Richmond University, and City University London.
Improv, public speaking, revisionist anthropology for kids - you name it, I've run a workshop on it!
I have engaged with classrooms, workplaces and community groups for over 30 partners, including: Young Vic, National Maritime Museum, and Battersea Arts Centre. If you have an educational project you'd like to talk about, do get in touch.